Northwest Florida

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Florida Panhandle residents and business owners are still eligible to recoup losses from the 2010

BP oil spill. A new class action settlement agreement reached on June 4 clarifies who can file a claim. The new agreement designates several categories of eligible claimants, including restaurant and oceanfront property owners. Previously, compensation would have come from a $20 billion escrow account, but under the new agreement, BP will have no spending cap for total compensation. Destin attorney Ruston Sanders says it’s a complex agreement that might be best explained by a lawyer.

 

The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence joined with several state officials in Panama City Thursday for the launch of a new family safety initiative. As Sascha Cordner reports, the aim is to reduce domestic violence and child abuse in several North Florida counties.

It’s called the “Northwest Florida Regional Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Initiative.” And, Leisa Wiseman with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence says it’s a collaborative effort that will help to prevent domestic violence and protect children in Bay, Gulf, and Calhoun Counties.